Intel Corporation introduced the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processor family, delivering dramatic visual and performance computing gains for gamers, media enthusiasts and mainstream users alike. Available now in powerful, high-end desktop, laptop and sleek all-in-one (AIO) designs, the new processors are the first chips in the world made using Intel’s 22-nanometer (nm) 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology.
Model - i5 3570K
Socket - 1155
Frequency - 3.4GHz
Turbo Frequency - 3.8GHz
Cores - 4
Threads - 4
Intel Smart Cache - 6MB
Lithography - 22nm
Max TDP - 77W
Processor Graphics - Intel HD 4000
Graphics Base Frequency - 650MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency - 1.15GHz
13 September 2013
10 out of 10
Really powerful just as good as an i7 hardly any difference considering the price difference. The default fan is good enough for the time being i have had no heat problems after running mid intensive games.
Was using the same GPU (660ti overclocked) with an Intel dual-core processor and noticed a significant performance increase and higher FPS in Battlefield 3 after changing to this CPU. (also moved from 8GB DDR2 to 8GB DDR3 in the new motherboard so may also have helped a little - but I suspect the new CPU was the key-factor).
Haven't overclocked it as yet due to being able to play BF3 on Ultra without any performance issues so far so haven't felt the need as yet - so I can't comment on how well mine performs on that level.
Currently getting 30° on idle and around 45°-50° max after playing BF3 for countless hours on with an Antec 920 cooler.
I was building my gaming rig on a budget so after reading many reviews it came apparent that an i7 is not going to give any drastic improvement in gaming over an i5 so that's why I went with this CPU to be able to overclock it if needed to play Ultra - glad I didn't spend the additional £100 as not had any problems so far. Time will tell when BF4 comes out!
Still a bit pricey since now the Haswells are out, was hoping to get a bit cheaper but probably still worth the additional £10 compared to a Sandybridge as I believe Ivybridge supports PCIe v3 whereas Sandybrige doesn't - just to take into account if you have a PCIe v3 GPU and are bothered about the additional support for it (although I believe it's not all that noticeable compared with PCIe v2).
Also note, Ivybridge runs slightly hotter than Sandybridge so make sure you have a decent cooler if you intend to overclock.
Very fast Doesn't struggle since its the 3570k it's great for overclocking, will do in the future but for now it's fine with the turbo boost which I've never needed I dropped it (while it was in its tiny bit of plastic casing) and it still works though I wouldn't recommend dropping it Comes with the cool 'intel inside' sticker